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Nitish refused Modi’s Rs 5-cr flood aid 7 yrs ago. Now he has accepted Rs 5-cr cheque from Gujarat govt

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had rejected Rs 5 crore in flood relief assistance from the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government in 2010. On Thursday, he accepted a cheque for the same amount from the western state.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2017 14:11 IST
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Gujarat revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama hands over a Rs 5-crore cheque for flood relief to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday.
Gujarat revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama hands over a Rs 5-crore cheque for flood relief to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday.(Twitter/BhupendraSinh1)

Seven years ago, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar rejected Rs 5 crore in flood relief extended by the Gujarat government –then headed by chief minister Narendra Modi. The picture has changed now.

The Janata Dal (United) leader was photographed on Thursday accepting a Rs 5-crore cheque from Gujarat revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama for flood relief in Bihar, hit by heavy monsoon rains that have killed more than 150 people this year. About six million people are affected by floods across the state, according to a state official.

In 2010, Kumar had refused the Gujarat government’s financial help, apparently miffed over an advertisement featuring him and then Gujarat CM Modi that highlighted assistance to Bihar after the 2008 Kosi floods.

He had also cancelled a dinner for BJP leaders after the full-page advertisement appeared in vernacular dailies. Kumar said the Gujarat government’s claim was uncivilised and against the Indian culture. “Nobody claims of bestowing favours on those who face tragedy caused by natural calamities,” he said.

Speaking about the episode five years later, Modi said he was hurt when the “arrogant” Kumar rejected Gujarat’s aid. “At the time of the Kosi tragedy, an arrogant leader was not worried about the pain and sufferings of the flood victims,” the Prime Minister had said in a veiled reference to Kumar.

Chudasama tweeted a second photo with Bihar officials, saying: “Due to floods, visited Bihar to patronize in relief fund as per the decree taken by GoG.”

Kumar recently returned to the NDA fold after quitting the Grand Alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress over corruption allegations against Lalu Prasad’s son, Tejashwi Yadav.

He broke up with the BJP before the 2014 general election, days after Modi was appointed the poll campaign chief for his party.

(With inputs from agencies)